Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Outback Way – Northern Territory – Progressive Upgrades

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2022 - Mid 2027
Estimated Project Cost:$217,500,000
Australian Government Contribution:$174,000,000

Project Description

This project will upgrade the Northern Territory section of the roads that form the ‘Outback Way’, which runs from Winton in Queensland through the Northern Territory, to Laverton in Western Australia.


The project will contribute to improved safety and access to remote areas of the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. The project is designed to unlock the potential benefits of the Outback Way to Indigenous and remote communities and the broader economy, particularly in the areas of tourism, mining and freight.


The Australian Government will contribute up to 80 per cent of the project costs, capped at $174 million, subject to the Northern Territory providing 20 per cent of the project costs.


Construction works commenced in early 2022 and are anticipated to be completed by mid 2027.

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Project details last updated: 17/11/2022